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Maureen Caird

Full name: Maureen Caird (-Jones)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: September 29, 1951 in Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Cumberland Athletic Club, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the 1968 Olympics, 17-year-old New South Wales high school girl Maureen Caird made history by becoming the youngest individual athlete to win an athletics gold medal. At 17 years and 19 days, Caird remains, as of 2017, the youngest individual track event gold medalist at the Olympics. The 80 m hurdles favorites in Mexico were Caird’s older teammate [Pam Kilborn], who had not lost since the 1964 Olympics in which she was the bronze medalist, and the 1964 Olympic champion and 1966 European champion East German [Karin Balzer], but they both started poorly in the final. Balzer never recovered and finished fifth, while Kilborn came on strong at the end and almost caught her teammate Caird at the finish line, settling for silver. After 1968 Olympics, the 80 hurdles was replaced by the 100 metre hurdles and in this new event, Caird won silver at the 1970 Commonwealth Games behind Kilborn.

Caird attempted to defend her Olympic title, but did not get past the heats in 1972. Caird won three Australian titles during her short career, in the 100 m hurdles in 1970 and 200 m hurdles in 1970-71. She retired from athletics after the München Olympics due to constant stomach pains that began to trouble her in 1969. It was later discovered that her pains were due to cancer and she underwent six operations and took three years to recover. Having married New Zealander Ross Jones three weeks before the 1972 Olympics, Caird eventually settled in New Zealand.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.5 (1970); 80H – 10.39 (1968); 100H – 13.1 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 1 Gold OR
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 5 h3 r1/3
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Australia AUS 6

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics Australia Final 1 OR 10.3 10.39 1
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.5 10.59
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU/=OR 10.4 10.48

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Australia Round One Heat Three 5 13.63 6

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Australia AUS Final 6 43.61 5
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Australia AUS Round One Heat One 3 QU 44.03 6
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